Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand between Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 31st October.
Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Commonwealth Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective Governments, and Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This will be The Duke and Duchess’s first joint visit to these four countries.
♦ DAY ONE – Sydney, Australia
- Meeting with His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove at the Admiralty House. Representatives from each of the eighteen countries who are participating in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will be present.
Visit the Taronga Zoo with the New South Wales (NSW) Premier to officially open the new Taronga Institute of Science and Learning.
Meet two koalas and their joeys that are part of the Zoo’s breeding programme.
Visit the laboratory to meet female conservation scientists who are working on efforts to reduce illegal wildlife trafficking.
Depart the Zoo by vessel across Sydney Harbour to the Sydney Opera House.
View a rehearsal of Spirit 2018 by the Bangarra Dance Theatre, an internationally acclaimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modern dance company.
Meet members of the public by walking along the Opera House forecourt.
Attend a Reception hosted by the Governor-General at Admiralty House.
Meet Australians from various sectors : charity and community, business and industry, arts and culture, sport and entertainment.
♦ DAY TWO – Dubbo, Australia
- Fly to the town of Dubbo, situated on the Macquarie River, 300 kilometres northwest of Sydney.
Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn more about the life-saving role the aviation service provides for people living in rural and regional areas.
Visit a local property to see the hardships local farmers are facing.
Travel to Victoria Park to join people from Dubbo and surrounding areas at a picnic in the park to celebrate community spirit within the region.
Meet members of the public.
Visit a local school working to improve the education outcomes of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Students will open up their classrooms to present their work and participate in a session of netball and touch football drills on the school oval, highlighting the importance of sport in education.
♦ DAY THREE – Melbourne, Australia
- Fly to Melbourne
Have a short walk to Government House & meet members of the public along the way.
Attend an official Reception at Government House with a diverse group of young Victorian leaders and community members, including Queen’s Young Leader Hunter Johnson.
See a demonstration of various sporting activities in the grounds, with ambassadors from the This Girl Can campaign.
Visit a social enterprise café which offers leadership, mentoring and training programmes for young Aboriginal people.
Visit a primary school to meet students who are involved in sustainability programmes.
Travel on an iconic Melbourne tram to South Melbourne beach.
Meet volunteers from a local beach patrol programme and learn about efforts to keep Port Phillip Bay beaches and foreshores clear of litter to reduce the negative impact on the marine environment.
♦ DAY FOUR – Sydney, Australia
- Visit Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most famous landmarks.
Meet a local surfing community group, known as OneWave, raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing in a fun and engaging way.
Take part in the “Fluro Friday” session, where people of all ages share their experiences of mental health issues, and will have the opportunity to interact with others enjoying yoga and surfing.
Meet members of the public gathered on the beach.
Take part in a youth advocate programme that aims to unite and inspire young people to be advocates for cohesion and inclusion in their communities.
Engage with students as they discuss issues including social justice and youth empowerment.
The Duke accompanied by the Prime Minister the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, and Invictus Games competitors, will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag, marking the arrival of the Invictus Games to Sydney.
Call on the Leader of the Opposition at Admiralty House, and the Prime Minister at Kirribilli House.
♦ DAY FIVE – Sydney, Australia
- Travel by boat to attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island.
Attend a Reception hosted by the NSW Premier, The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, inside the Opera House.
Attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Opening Ceremony where The Duke of Sussex will give an address.
♦ DAY SIX – Sydney, Australia
Watch some elements of the Invictus Games cycling and sailing
Attend a lunchtime Reception hosted by the Prime Minister, with Invictus Games competitors and representatives from the community in the city’s central parkland, The Domain.
♦ DAY SEVEN – Fraser Island, Australia
- Travel to Queensland’s Fraser Island, or K’gari as it is known by the Traditional Owners the Butchulla people, as part of the dedication of the site to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, and has a total of 206,970 acres of protected forest. Among its many striking features, the Island is characterised by its long beaches, tall rainforest, coastal heaths, freshwater lakes and ever-evolving sand dunes.
In pristine rainforest, meet the Traditional Owners of K’gari, the Butchulla People and the Premier of Queensland.
Take part in a traditional Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony.
Unveil a plaque for the dedication of the Forests of K’gari to the QCC. Traditional Owners from Bulburin National Park, the second QCC dedication site in Queensland, will also be present.
Visit one of Fraser Island’s iconic lakes to meet with local elders and national park rangers to learn about the Island’s natural beauty, rich history, biodiversity and cultural significance.
Travel to the beach to learn about the history in the Island’s logging trade, as well as its use as a training base for the Australian Z Special Unit during World War II.
Travel to Kingfisher Bay by boat.
Have a walk along the picturesque Kingfisher Bay Jetty.
♦ DAY EIGHT – Suva, Fiji
- Travel by charter flight to Fiji’s capital of Suva : Embark on a three-day programme, experiencing the rich Fijian culture and generous hospitality.
Be greeted by a Guard of Honour at the airport.
Call on His Excellency The President of Fiji at Borron House.
Attend an official welcome ceremony in the city centre’s Albert Park.
The ceremony, known as the Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua, embodies Fijian cultural identity and heritage, and will mirror in format that of the one attended by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1953.
It will involve a number of traditional elements of Fijian culture, including dance performances, the presentation of the Tabua, and a Kava ceremony.
Members of the public from across Suva will be invited to attend.
Leave Albert Park to attend a Reception at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
Attend a State Dinner hosted by The President of Fiji, at which The Duke will speak.
♦ DAY NINE – Suva, Fiji
- Visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva.
Observe a cultural performance on the effects of climate change.
Meet students studying subjects from agriculture to women’s development.
The event will be streamed to a number of the university’s campuses throughout the Pacific region.
The Duke will make a short speech in his capacity as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, and The Duchess will say a few words.
From here, Their Royal Highnesses’ programme will split: The Duchess of Sussex will be alone during two engagements.
- Attend a morning tea at the British High Commissioner’s Residence to showcase women’s organisations which operate throughout Fiji.
Hear more about a UN Women’s project, ‘Markets for Change’, which promotes women’s empowerment in marketplaces throughout the Pacific.
Travel to Suva Market to meet some of the female vendors who have become empowered through the project.
♦ DAY TEN – Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga
- Travel to the city of Nadi in Western Fiji.
Attend a special event at Nadi Airport.
Unveil a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier who lost his life in the 1972 Battle of Mirbat. The event will be attended by the President of Fiji, and senior representatives from government and the Armed Forces.
Take a chartered flight to Tonga from Nadi Airport.
Be met at Fua’amotu Airport by Her Royal Highness The Princess Angelika Latufuipeka.
Visit in the evening the Consular House in central Nuku’alofa for a private audience with His Majesty King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu.
Attend an official reception and dinner, and traditional Tongan entertainment.
♦ DAY ELEVEN – Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia
- Visit the St George Building for a call on the Prime Minister S. Akilisi Pohiva and members of the cabinet.
Attend an exhibition with The Princess Angelika at the Faonelua Centre, celebrating Tongan handicrafts and products, including traditional mats and ‘tapa’ cloth.
Meet local Tongan traders and craftsmen.
Travel to Tupou College, which is the oldest secondary school in the Pacific, founded by a British missionary in 1866.
Dedicate two forest reserves at the school’s on-site forest, the Toloa Forest Reserve, the last remaining forest area on Tonga’s main island of Tongatabu, and the Eua National Park Forest Reserve, located at the Island of Eua – to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
The Tupou College Boys’ will perform traditional Tongan music to commemorate the event.
Travel to The Royal Palace for an official farewell with The King before departing for Sydney.
Attend the Australian Geographic Society Awards in Sydney, an annual gathering of Australia’s brightest and best in exploration, science and conservation.
Present youth awards to honour the highest achievements in conservation and adventure, and The Duke will give an address.
♦ DAY TWELVE – Sydney, Australia
- Spend the afternoon at the wheelchair basketball finals at the Quay Centre on the final day of the Invictus Games.
Attend the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games 2018 that evening at Qudos Bank Arena.
The event, at which both The Duke and Duchess will speak, promises to be a celebration of the outstanding achievements and inspiring spirit of the Invictus Games competitors.
♦ DAY THIRTEEN – Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand
- Depart on a Royal New Zealand AirForce flight for Wellington.
Travel on the same aircraft as a number of the New Zealand Invictus Games competitors.
On arrival, will be met off the plane together by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Attend the traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House – the residence of the Governor-General to New Zealand Dame Patsy Reddy.
Be invited to hongi with the Governor-General’s Kuia and Kaumātua (Māori elders), before the pōwhiri, which includes a haka performed by members of the New Zealand Defence Force.
The ceremony will also include a 21-gun salute, and will be attended by school children.
Travel to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
Lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, and visit the newly unveiled UK War Memorial – whose design takes the form of two of the United Kingdom and New Zealand’s most iconic trees – the Royal Oak and a Pōhutakawa.
Public walkabout in the Memorial Park.
Receive official calls in the evening from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition at Government House.
Attend a reception hosted by the Governor General celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
♦ DAY FOURTEEN – Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand
- Visit one of Wellington’s most iconic cafes.
Meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand offering support to other young people through helplines, social media, websites and school-based programmes.
Travel to Abel Tasman National Park, which sits at the north-Eastern tip of the South Island, and is an area famed for its golden beaches and native bush walks.
Be greeted by a traditional welcome ceremony on arrival.
Embarking on a trail walk with one of the park’s rangers to learn more about the history of the forest and the environmental challenges of protecting the park’s habitat.
Join some of the park’s young ambassadors and local school children at a barbeque lunch and for a tree planting.
Visit in the evening Courtenay Creative for an event celebrating the city’s thriving creative arts scene in Wellington.
Courtenay Creative runs programmes to give young people the tools and experience to excel in the film industry.
Meet a number of young creatives demonstrating their skills in props, make-up, and costume.
♦ DAY FIFTEEN – Auckland, New Zealand
- Travel to Auckland.
Visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
Unveiling the plaque & hear more about the ecological importance of the native bush.
Join children from the ‘Trees in Survival’ group in a ‘welly-wanging’ contest.
Join the Prime Minister to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand that supports children who have a parent in prison through the provision of special mentoring schemes.
As a wedding present to The Duke and Duchess, the Government of New Zealand gifted $5000 dollars to Pillars.
Meet some of the children who have directly benefitted from this funding.
Meet the people of Auckland on the Viaduct Harbour.
Attend a Reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
This reception will include cultural performances and entertainment by members of the Pasifika community living in Auckland.
The guests will be predominantly young people in the 17 to 25-year age group who are making significant contributions to the wellbeing of their communities, representing the future of New Zealand.
♦ DAY SIXTEEN – Rotorua, New Zealand
The final day will take place in Rotorua, a town set on Lake Rotorua, renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture.
Visit Te Papaiouru Marae, for a formal pōwhiri and luncheon in Their Royal Highnesses’ honour.
Head to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme.
Kiwi, which are New Zealand’s national bird, have become increasingly endangered in recent years.
Meet conservationists working to protect the species.
Have the opportunity to name two young kiwi chicks at Rainbow Springs.
Head into the city for the chance to meet members of the public gathered there.
Travel to Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua.
The treewalk is a 700m-long walkway of suspension bridges between 117-year-old Redwood trees.
The forest is also the home to a thriving mountain biking community that draws people of all ages to the Redwoods.
Learn more about the forest’s history as they take on the tree walk.
Meet invited representatives of the local biking community under the forest canopy.
Return to Auckland that evening.
Depart for London the following day.